Many of our guests visit Tournerbury just to enjoy it's unique position, sense of space and tranquility. However, there are a huge number of visitor attractions within a short drive from us to keep you entertained and stimulated during your stay, we have listed some of them here.........
AMBERLEY MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTER
Amberley Museum is a 36 acre open-air site dedicated to preserving the industrial heritage of the south east. Exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway and vintage bus collection (both of which provide free transport around the site). The Electricity Hall, a Printing Workshop and a roadmakers' exhibition. The museum is also home to traditional craftsmen, such as the broom-maker, blacksmith, walking stick maker and potter. Our new Connected Earth exhibition hall opens this summer.
BISHOPS WALTHAM PALACE
The ruins of a medieval palace (together with later additions) used by the Bishops and senior clergy of Winchester as they travelled through their diocese. Winchester was the richest diocese in England, and its properties were grandiose and extravagantly appointed. Much of what can be seen today is the work of William Wykeham, who was bishop from 1367. There is an exhibition about the Winchester bishops on the first floor of the farmhouse. Other palaces of the Bishops of Winchester include Farnham Castle Keep and Wolvesey Castle (Old Bishop's Palace).
BLUE REEF AQUARIUM
Blue Reef Aquarium is part of an exciting new generation of wildlife attractions designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world.
Open-top tanks allow close encounters with friendly rays while 'hands-on' tide-pools and crashing surf displays recreate the seas' many different aspects.
At the heart of the visit giant ocean tanks with spectacular underwater walkthrough tunnels offer unforgettable journeys through exotic coral reefs - home to sharks and shimmering shoals of brightly-coloured fish.
CASS SCULPTURE FOUNDATION
The grounds of Cass Sculpture Foundation, a registered charity, set in ancient woodland on the Sussex Downs, a perfect setting for those wishing to experience the best outdoor sculpture from today’s leading British artists. Enjoy over 70 specially commissioned monumental sculptures from innovative British artists such as Anthony Caro, Thomas Heatherwick, David Mach, Douglas White, Billy Lee and Gavin Turk set in 24 acres of truly idyllic land. It is a unique and unrivalled experience guaranteed to take your breath away. The regularly changing displays set sensitively in magical surrounding ensure a truly unforgettable visit. All sculptures are available to buy to provide funding for new commissions. Over the pat 14 years the Foundation has commissioned more than 160 monumental sculptures from over 120 British artists. The displays regularly change as work moves to new homes, nationally and internationally. The Cass Sculpture Foundation is recognised internationally as the home of 21stC British sculpture. In our visitor gallery you will see over 100 small and mid-scale sculptures for sale. You can also buy all our books here or shop on our website. The new 500m2 Foundation Centre on site, designed by award-winning architects Studio Downie, houses a unique and fast evolving archive and library charting the development of 21stC British sculpture. The archive houses and extensive and continually growing collection of artists’ drawings, maquettes, videos and other source material, including work by renowned sculptors Sir Anthony Caro, Antony Gormley, Tjomas Heatherwick, Andy Goldsworthy and Tony Cragg.
In the heart of the city, this magnificent Cathedral has been a centre of community life for more than 900 years and is the site of the Shrine of St Richard of Chichester. Its treasures range from medieval stone carvings to world famous 20th Century works of art
Special trails for children and regular exhibitions, talks, lunchtime and evening concerts. Open every day and all year, admission is free and free guided tours are also available Monday to Saturday, morning and afternoon. Superb Cloisters Café and Shop and facilities available for those with disabilities. Parking nearby in the city car and coach parks.
CHICHESTER FESTIVAL THEATRE
Positioned in the beautiful surroundings of Oaklands Park, Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the United Kingdom's flagship theatres, with a dazzling international reputation for producing an annual festival
COWDRAY HOUSE RUINS
Opened in 2007 as a major new visitor attraction, Cowdray is one of the most important survivals of a Tudor nobleman's house in England today. Set within the stunning "Capability" Brown landscaped Cowdray Park, the house was partially destroyed by fire in 1793. Explore the still intact Tudor Kitchens and Tower, Buck Hall, Chapel, Gatehouse, Vaulted Storeroom and Cellars, new Visitor Centre and Shop
FISHBOURNE ROMAN PALACE
The remains of one wing of the largest domestic Roman building yet found in Britain can be seen inside a cover building, with many impressive mosaic floors, underfloor heating systems, corridors and courtyards. The story of the site is told in a new audio-visual programme using computer generated imagery, and also in the museum gallery, using artefacts from the excavations. Outside, the formal garden has been re-planted to its original plan, based on excavated bedding trenches. This is supplemented by a plant display area and museum of Roman gardens. In the new Collections Discovery Centre one can see into the conservation laboratory and the sensitive and bulk stores, where the reserve archaeological collections of both the Roman Palace and Chichester District Museum are housed. There is the rare opportunity to handle genuine artefacts, several thousand years old, on the daily Collections Discovery Centre tours
FORT NELSON – ROYAL ARMOURIES
Fort Nelson was built in the 1860s, as part of a chain of fortifications protecting the great naval harbour of Portsmouth in Hampshire and its Royal Dockyard from a feared French invasion. Covering nearly 19 acres and now fully restored, Fort Nelson sits majestically atop Portsdown Hill, with amazing views of the Solent and the Meon Valley. The Fort stands today as a monument to the skills and ingenuity of Victorian engineering and architecture.
Opened in 1995 as home to the Royal Armouries collection of artillery, Fort Nelson has over 350 big guns and historic cannon on display, all part of the national collection of arms and armour. The displays include the Great Turkish Bombard of 1464, that once protected the Dardanelles, Saddam Hussein’s infamous ‘Supergun’ the trebuchet from the movie ‘Gladiator’ and Mallet’s Mortar one of the 3 Guinness world record holders on show.
Covering every period of history from every corner of the world the collection is brought vividly to life every day with the live firing of one of the field guns.
Goodwood House, home to the Dukes of Richmond for over 300 years, is open to the public for 60 days a year. The Regency State Apartments house some astonishing treasures including celebrated paintings by horse artist George Stubbs.
MARWELL ZOOLOGICAL PARK
Beautiful Marwell has over 200 species of rare and wonderful animals including tigers, snow leopards, rhino, meerkat, hippo, giraffe and zebra. Highlights include The World of Lemurs, Encounter Village with domesticated species, Tropical World for the rainforest experience, Into Africa for giraffes and monkeys, popular Penguin World and Desert Carnivores with enchanting sand cats. Marwell is a charity dedicated to conservation of rare species and every visit helps to fund conservation work. Road and rail trains, holiday activities, food kiosks and refreshment outlets, gift shops and adventure playgrounds. Special value for senior citizens every Tuesday.
NATIONAL MOTOR MUSEUM BEAULIEU
In the heart of the glorious New Forest, Beaulieu is a magical place, combining the charm of an ancient Abbey, the grace of a classical stately home and the celebrated National Motor Museum which are all included in the excitement of a modern visitor attraction. Ride on the high level monorail or climb aboard the replica 1912 open top London bus for a fun way to see Beaulieu’s sights. The world-famous National Motor Museum has over 250 vintage, veteran and classic cars from World Land Speed Record Breakers and Formula 1 racers to family cars of the 70s and 80s. Jack Tucker’s Garage recreates the sights, sounds and smells of a country garage from the 1930s.
PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY
The Gallery of Modern Art in the South, Pallant House Gallery is a unique combination of a Queen Anne townhouse and a contemporary building holding one of the best collections of 20th century British art in the world. An extensive exhibition programme includes international touring exhibitions and print room shows as well as changing displays from the collection. Themed guided tours are available as well as talks and events and workshops for adults, children and families throughout the year.
Paultons Family Theme Park in Hampshire, on the edge of the New Forest, offers a great family day out with over 50 different attractions and rides included in the price. The variety of things to see and do includes thrilling and gentle rides, dinosaurs, museums, animated shows, play areas, exotic birds and other fun activities for all ages in garden setting.
PETWORTH HOUSE AND PARK
Discover the National Trust's finest art collection displayed in a magnificent 17th century mansion within a beautiful 700-acre park. Petworth House contains works by artists such as Van Dyck, Reynolds and Turner. Fascinating Servants' Quarters show the domestic side of life at Petworth. Extensive Servants' Quarters, historic Estate Office Tours, the shop, restaurant and varied events make Petworth a great day out.
The most impressive and best preserved of the Roman 'Saxon Shore' forts, Portchester was originally built in the late 3rd century. It is the only Roman stronghold in northern Europe whose walls still mainly stand to their full height. Subsequently housing a Saxon settlement, the huge waterside fortress became a Norman castle in the 12th century, when a formidable tower-keep was built in one corner.
Portchester was in the front line throughout the Hundred Years War, serving as a staging post for expeditions to France and repelling cross-Channel raids. Richard II transformed part of the castle into a palace in 1396 and Henry V used it as a departure point for the Agincourt campaign in 1415. Thereafter it saw little action, but was used to house troops in the Civil War, and prisoners of war during the Dutch and Napoleonic Wars.
An exhibition in the keep interprets the history of the castle and Portchester village, and displays finds excavated on site. The inclusive audio tour explains life in the castle over the centuries, from the point of view of some of the people who worked or were incarcerated there.
PORTSMOUTH ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD
Discover the world famous historic ships – HMS Victory, the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior 1860 that have shaped British history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Home of the Royal Navy, other attractions include the Royal Navy Museum, with a new exhibition “Sea your History” and “Action Stations” with the interactive gallery “InterAction”, detailing the science and technology used by the modern Royal Navy.
ROYAL MARINES MUSEUM
The Royal Marines Museum, situated on the seafront at Southsea, Portsmouth, celebrates the famous fighting spirit and long history of the Royal Marines.
Immerse yourself in what the Museum has to offer; explore the exhibits, enjoy our interactive displays and films, and see how the Royal Marines have developed into the world-renowned elite fighting force of today...
ROYAL NAVY SUBMARINE MUSEUM
This unique museum offers you the chance to walk on board a real submarine, discover true tales of heroism, and relive a life under the sea through the personal belongings of the crew.
SIR HAROLD HILLIER GARDENS
Situated two miles north-east of the historic market town of Romsey in the county of Hampshire, southern England, the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens (formerly known as the Hillier Arboretum) are named in memory of their founder, the late Sir Harold Hillier (1905-1985), a member of the nursery family.
In June 1953, the Hillier family took up residence in Jermyn's House, and Sir Harold set about transforming the land around his home into the internationally renowned collection of hardy trees and shrubs we have today. In 1977, nearly twenty-five years after the first plantings, Sir Harold gave his plant collection to Hampshire County Council to be held by them as a charitable trust. It is their commitment that has helped to develop the unique collection of some 42,000 plants (12,000 different types) which now thrive in an area of 180acres.
Built in 1544, the Castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by Henry VIII around England's coasts to protect the country from invaders. Barely was the work completed when Henry VIII's flagship, the Mary Rose, tragically sank in front of the Castle. During the English Civil War, nearly a century later, the Castle was captured for the only time in its history, by Parliamentarian forces.
Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben and has already established itself as a national icon for Britain.
A world class visitor attraction, the much-admired, elegant viewing Tower stands proud over one of the most fascinating seascapes in the world. Situated on the waterfront at Gunwharf Quays, it offers amazing 350º panoramic views of Portsmouth Harbour, the South coast and the Isle of Wight, with views stretching out for up to 23 miles – breathtaking by day and a glittering sea of lights by night.
View Deck 1 boasts Europe’s largest glass floor, where visitors of all ages can dare to ‘walk on air’! View Deck 2 has self-contained multimedia ‘Time Telescope’ stations showing the history of the harbour and View Deck 3 – The Crow’s Nest – is open to the elements, enabling visitors to feel the wind in their hair.
Situated a mile out to sea from the Hampshire coastline, Spitbank Fort is one of the UK’s most fascinating maritime treasures with a wealth of history and character to discover. The awe-inspiring construction of granite and iron commissioned by Lord Palmerston, (hence it also being known as one of the ‘Palmerston Follies’) was completed in 1878 and equipped with a variety of armaments to defend Portsmouth Harbour from invading vessels that had managed to break through outer defences in The Channel.
STANSTED HOUSE AND GARDENS
The former home of the 10th Earl of Bessborough boasts fine gardens, a salon du chocolat, steam light railway, restaurant, garden center, fabulous walks and much to keep you amused.
STAUNTON COUNTRY PARK
1000 acres of landscaped parkland with ornamental lake, woodland and follies... the timeless beauty and tranquillity of the walled garden... the exotic species in the South Coast's largest glasshouses will amaze you.... surround the senses with colours, textures and aromatic scents in the Sensory Garden... get lost in the Golden Jubilee maze.
Fun for children at the Ornamental Farm, with friendly sheep and noisy pigs, llamas, peacocks and a Shire horse. Let kids loose in the safety of the Children's play area. Enjoy a range of snacks, meals and refreshments in the Regency tearooms.
Visitor Centre open daily 10am to 5pm (4pm in Winter). The Park only closes on Christmas day. Free car and coach parking. Dogs on leads are welcomed in the parkland, but guide dogs only in the farm and gardens.
TANGMERE MILITARY AVIATION MUSEUM
A famous Battle of Britain airfield, now the home of a museum of military aviation with relics, maps, photographs, medals and uniforms, plus working models and various flight simulators. On display are a Hawker Hunter, an English Electric Lightning, a Gloster Meteor, a Lockheed T33 American trainer, a De Havilland Sea Vixen, a Phantom and a rare Supermarine Swift. There are also replicas of 2 Spitfires and a Hurricane and a new exhibit about R J Mitchell, his life and development of the Spitfire. A Memorial Garden can also be visited.
A fine late 17th Century National Trust house and its treasures set high on the South Downs with magnificent views. The fully restored mid-18th Century interior houses rescued Grand Tour paintings, ceramics, textiles, furniture and the famous dolls' house. Extensive servants' rooms shown as they were in 1874 when H.G. Wells' mother was housekeeper. The garden is in picturesque style, primarily foliage, with flowering shrubs, bulbs, perennials and herbaceous plants in a woodland & downland setting. Please note groups are welcome, but must book in advance. Free parking, woodland walk, National Trust Shop and restaurant
We're always open. If there are no trains running you can spend as long as you like in our perfectly preserved station buildings or just walking the platforms soaking up the history. Enjoy a superb meal or snack at the West Country Buffet (currently closed on Mondays) or visit the Old Goods Shed with its well-stocked gift shop (all at Alresford).
WEALD AND DOWNLAND OPEN AIR MUSEUM
Set in 50 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside is a very special place to wander amongst a fascinating collection of nearly 50 historic buildings dating from the 13th to the 19th century, many with period gardens, together with farm animals, woodland walks and a picturesque lake. Rescued from destruction, the buildings have been carefully dismantled, conserved and rebuilt to their original form and bring to life the homes, farmsteads and rural industries of the last 500 years.
Wander through these exhibits at your leisure - a majestic timber framed farmhouse from Kent; a striking market hall from Hampshire; a Victorian school; a medieval shop; carpenters, plumbers and brickmakers workshops; barns; a granary and a tread wheel from the South Downs.
Many of the interiors have been furnished, recreating the way the buildings were used by their owners centuries ago: seven historic gardens show the herbs, vegetables and flowers grown to meet the needs of rural households from medieval to Victorian times.
See bread, pottage and sweetmeats being prepared in the working Tudor kitchen, you may even be invited to sample the results!
Pause at the working water mill where stone ground flour is produced daily, experience a recreated Tudor farm, enjoy a picnic by the millpond or a walk in the woods. Delight in the company of our rare and traditional breeds of farm livestock - working horses, cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry. See traditional farming in action and heavy horses at work.
Demonstrators regularly show their skills and everyone you meet will be happy to talk about how people lived and worked. Discover the skills of the early carpenters, find out about traditional building techniques and learn how we help to conserve rural crafts.
Hens peck in the straw, woolly faced sheep chew the downland grass and Shire horses work in the fields. Enjoy the rhythm of the traditional countryside and unspoilt landscape.
WEST DEAN GARDENS
West Dean Gardens features a beautiful parkland walk and arboretum with views over the surrounding Sussex Downs and a carefully restored walled kitchen garden with row upon row of perfect produce and some of the finest Victorian glasshouses in the country. The Visitor Centre houses a licensed restaurant with homemade lunches and teas, and a shop featuring plants and individual gifts.